Another video I saw on youtube on the topic of religion recently was this vid of fox news addressing the rise of non-belief and being “fair and balanced” and showing “both sides” of the issue… by having a christian preacher and a jewish preacher on to bash atheists equally.
In the video the christian preacher says (at the end) that the shooting at Sandy Hook is what happens when you take religion out of society/schools, echoing what the jewish rabbi stated. I have sadly heard this line many times since the shootings, including from various people on xanga. Even if the shooter were an atheist (which there is no evidence of) it would no more prove that atheism was the cause of his insanity than the fact that christians have done tremendous evil proves christianity is the cause of that evil. Timothy mcveigh was catholic, and so was the perpetrator of the worst school bombing in US history, and the deadliest school shooting was perpetrated by a guy who was raised christian and compared himself to jesus in his suicide note. And the shooter in norway who killed 90 people, was basically norway’s only christian. But these things are never blamed on christianity by atheists because that idea is absurd – it is not fair to blame the actions of psychopaths on the views of people who are clearly not psychotic. When atheists pin something on religion it’s not when some serial killer reads the bible and goes on a “righteous” killing spree, there will always be some nutbag in every group and to blame the group for the actions of the individual is just mindless bigotry. No, organized religion is blamed when millions upon millions of ordinary, non-psychotic people are accessories to the crime. Like the crime of denying gay people equal rights. Or the crime of slavery. Or of oppression of women or religious antisemitism. Or any of a hundred other things.
Both speakers in the video know their accusations are bullshit because the rabbi says in his argument of why we need religion “there’s more to life than being a good person” and the christian preacher says (a second after thoughtlessly blaming the rise of atheism for the school shooting with no logic or evidence) that the moral passion of atheists is proof of the existence of god. He is essentially saying “without god you can’t be moral so be a christian! Oh and also the fact that you’re moral without being christian proves our religion is right so come be christian!”
The assertion that evolution can’t account for morality is just ignorance, google “evolution morality” (without quotes) and you will find a wealth of information.
As for taking religion out of the schools being the cause – yeah if only the shooter had attended a nice christian school like Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School, this tragedy could’ve been avoided. Oh wait, he did. Scratch that.